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Eswatini Travel Information

The Basics

Time

Local time is GMT +2.

Electricity

Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. The plug type used is a 15-amp round, three-pin plug as used in South Africa.

Language

The official languages are Siswati and English.

Travel Health

For health purposes, travellers arriving in Eswatini after having been in a yellow fever infected area require a vaccination certificate. Hepatitis A, rabies, polio and typhoid vaccinations are recommended, as are malaria prevention measures for those visiting the lowland areas. Bilharzia exists in some rivers, and cholera outbreaks occur. There is an extremely high HIV/AIDS infection rate and all normal precautions should be taken. Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink and food, including dairy products, presents no risk. Medical facilities are poor in the country, but the tourist hotels offer private services for minor problems. Serious cases can be transported to South Africa for treatment. Medical insurance is recommended.

Tipping

Service charges are not normally included in bills, but tips of 10 to 15 percent are customary.

Safety Information

The crime rate is low and most visits are trouble free. It is wise, however, to take precautions against theft, and avoid travelling by road at night, as there is a danger of hijacking.

Local Customs

While Eswatini has no law in place that deals with matters of LGBT relationships, it is frowned upon and majority of its people practice societal discrimination against the LGBT community.

Business

In Eswatini business etiquette is quite informal, however lightweight suits are recommended for meetings. Entertaining and meetings often take place outdoors due to a temperate climate. Appointments should be made in advance and business cards carried for identification. Handshakes are the normal form of greeting for both men and women. Meetings are not restricted to business matters only and may take a while over prolonged lunches. Business hours are generally 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday with an hour taken at lunch.

Communications

The international dialling code for Eswatini is +268 and the outgoing code 00, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0027 for South Africa). Visitors can use local SIM cards in most European and Australian phones; WiFi is still rare, even in many hotels. Travellers may find a few paid-for WiFi spots Mbabane, Manzini and Malkerns Valley.

Duty Free

Travellers to Eswatini do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes, 20 cigars and 250g tobacco; 2 litres of wine and 50ml of perfume.

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